Atmospheric swamps are the setting for this tale of scientific madness. A bit slow moving at times, but there are definite compensations. George Zucco goes nicely over the top as a whacko scientist bent on revenge. However, the main attraction is Glenn Strange as a simpleton gardener turned hairy werebeast. As usual he's a hoot and a half. The versatile Sarah Padden has a minor role as a pipe smoking backwoods granny. Typical of PRC, the sets and other production values are first class by B-feature standards. The print is in okay shape. If mad science is your thing, check this one out.
May 30, 2010 Subject:
The usual suspects
Many actors I learned to know and to appreciate through this archive. George Zucco is one of them. He is a great "mad scientist" in this movie and a wonderful actor in the other films I´ve watched already. Now I learn about Glenn Strange. He is an abslolutely loveable simple minded giant, who couldn´t do harm to a flea but . . . ! One feels really sad about his fate. Poor fellow! Another name I want to mention: Henry Hall. Not that his performance was in any way impressive. He has only one sentence as a nameless country doctor. But I get used to recognizing familiar faces and immediately said: "I know this guy!" Well, at least two sheriffs in films available here: "Voodoo Man" and "The Flying Serpent" and one doctor in "The Ape Man". Seems to have been a busy man!